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Explore the Age-Old Trail
Apple River is located on historic Stagecoach Trail, which once connected Chicago and Galena. Established by the Illinois Central Railroad in 1854, the village is surrounded by thriving dairy farms and fields planted with soy beans and corn. It truly reflects the atmosphere and charm of rural Illinois. Apple River is also home to Apple River Canyon State Park and several 19th century gems at Oak Hill Farms, including a one-room school house, a white steeple church and a re-created Country General Store.
How far is Apple River Canyon State Park?
The 297-acre Apple River Canyon State Park is located six miles north of Apple River and about a thirty minute drive from Galena. Throughout the year, people flock to the park to fish, camp, picnic, and hike. Five trails wind through the woods for several miles within the park that make it the perfect location to nature watch. It is also where the historic town of Millville, listed on the national Historic Register – is located. Millville had many buildings swept away after a devastating flood in 1892 washed out the dam.
Are weddings the only event held at Oak Hill Farm?
Oak Hill Farm is a popular location for destinations weddings with its 19th century buildings and rare combination of country charm and sophisticated elegance. But it’s also available for parties and corporate events. Elopements are also popular here throughout the year.
What other activities are close to Apple River?
Southeast of Apple River is a thriving resort community surrounding the 480-acre Apple Canyon Lake. The county’s only waterfront restaurant, with boats available for rent, is located here along with a challenging nine-hole public golf course.